Musical Topographies, Fall 2014 — Undergraduate Ethnography Projects, Texas A&M University [under construction]

In the Fall semester of 2014, I assigned ethnography projects to students in my two Music in World Cultures classes at Texas A&M University. Most students conducted participant observation in the College Station-Bryan region.The topic of the projects varied widely. Some students looked into the relations between ambient music and consumption at coffee shops and stores, others examined the importance of the Texas Aggie Band in performing institutional identity. Before conducting the ethnographies, students reviewed each others papers in a blind review system.

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Top left: diagram used early on in the semester for discussing the ethnography project. Top right: peer review form students filled out, giving each other productive feedback; center: stereo recorders used by the students during ethnography; bottom: piles of ethnography proposals and peer reviews.

You can find information about each of the roughly 200 projects on this map [under construction]. Zoom out to see all the markers, and click on each to see the project title and description, and audiovisual material (if any).

All information will be uploaded in December 2014.

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